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In "A Hunger Artist," suggest reasons why Kafka selected an expert in fasting and not a priest or a singer as the central figure in the story.

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Franz Kafka's "A Hunger Artist" is a metaphor for the yearning and alienation we all experience, to some extent.  A priest or a singer or a painter or a sculptor or an author might just as easily have worked for the theme; however, those professions would probably not have carried the metaphor as well as does a hunger artist.  He is both something rare (an...

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